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CDC Safety Lapses Shut 2 Labs

July 11, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Citing a recurring problem with safety, U.S. officials have suspended the shipment of potentially dangerous germs from government laboratories in Atlanta to other labs.                

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Another Michigan City In Trouble; Boeing Checks Plane Parts

July 11, 2014 12:48 pm | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the financial struggles of the birthplace of GM to a train accident that damaged six Boeing commercial airplane bodies.               

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Infiniti Exec To Head GM's Cadillac

July 11, 2014 11:51 am | Comments

General Motors Co. has named an Infiniti executive to head its Cadillac division, which has struggled with sagging U.S. sales this year while competing luxury brands have advanced.              

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Economists Lower U.S. Growth Forecasts

July 11, 2014 11:37 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.            

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NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 11:02 am | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                          

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Chrysler Recalls 651K SUVs

July 11, 2014 9:25 am | Comments

Chrysler says it is recalling 651,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. because vanity mirror lights that have undergone repairs can short circuit and start a fire if not reassembled correctly.              

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LG Unveils 18-Inch Flexible Display

July 11, 2014 8:32 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.              

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Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 8:23 am | Comments

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.              

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Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake In Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 8:21 am | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                            

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Reynolds, Lorillard In Merger Talks

July 11, 2014 8:18 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's biggest tobacco companies.                

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U.S., China Tackle Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 11, 2014 8:15 am | by Bradley Klapper and Louise Watt, Associated Press | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.       

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N.D. Pipeline Spill Cleanup Could Take Weeks

July 11, 2014 8:09 am | by Josh Wood and James MacPherson, Associated Press | Comments

A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of oil drilling saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, and some of the byproduct ended up in a lake that provides the reservation with drinking water, company and tribal officials said.

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Unilever Selling Slim-Fast Brand To Kainos Capital

July 11, 2014 8:05 am | Comments

Unilever said it sold its Slim-Fast brand to the private equity firm Kainos Capital. Unilever said it will keep a minority stake in Slim-Fast, which sells weight loss and nutrition products in North America, the U.K., and Ireland.         

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Portion Of U.S. Capitol Closed After Asbestos Accident

July 11, 2014 8:02 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | Comments

An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.                   

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Robot Writes Torah At Berlin Museum

July 11, 2014 7:59 am | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | Comments

The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need to take breaks.

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Ford Planning $1M Alan Mulally Scholarship

July 11, 2014 7:56 am | Comments

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship announced Thursday provides financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in automotive engineering.                

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New Pecan Liqueur Brand Looks For Niche In Kentucky's Bourbon Country

July 11, 2014 7:53 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

The producer of a new high-end pecan liqueur hopes to carve out a niche in Kentucky's bourbon country, adding to the lineup of craft spirits-makers giving new twists and tastes to the state's burgeoning liquor business.       

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Wisconsin Gave Money To 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 7:49 am | Comments

Both Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies' foreign facilities.            

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Gov. Patrick Signs Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Changes

July 11, 2014 7:46 am | Comments

The measure had been in the works for nearly two years, since a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. A tainted steroid produced by the company was blamed for 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

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Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | Comments

California is one of five states competing for a $5 billion Tesla battery manufacturing plant, but Brown's administration has largely declined to discuss what the state is doing to persuade the company to build it in its home state.           

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